Canadian National Championships 2018!

Norfort was present at Nationals and part of Team Alberta. with Calle Inkster in J.O Level 10 and Avery McCoy in J.O Level 9.

The team format for both athletes is following; 6 in the team, 6 athletes compete, 3 highest scores count for the team score.

Thursday morning, Avery and her team started the competition on beam. Avery showed a good routine and did her job well; and she added a nice score to the team. On floor Avery fell on floor with her first line. Moving on for vault, her mentality was stronger and showed awesome vaults. There she redeemed herself and added a score to the team. On bars the level of competing was very high. The judges gave thought and the whole competition high scores. Avery competed strong gymnastics! with the 3rd highest score in the team competition Avery was a very valuable member to the team.  TEAM GOLD was for Alberta!!! The other teams could not top Team Alberta. Team Alberta showed strong gymnastics on each event and all the goals were achieved. This competition was also an individual AA qualification. The top 20 athletes of the whole competition qualify to the AA final. Avery placed 16th with a fall knowing that she can do much better!

Friday, Calle Inkster competed in the J.O 10 category. Calle travelled a long and hard road to make this team after a severe injury earlier in April. Calle earned her spot on the team; not through the official qualification, but through a petition process that was long and intense.  Calle put all her energy and determination towards this process and fought very hard to be part of the team!!! All supporting factors around Calle helped enormously to get Calle fit again. The verification for Calle was intensive on body and mind. Certainly, the limits were tested during this process. Coach Josh has never seen an athlete so mentally strong to reach her goal, with the circumstances Calle was dealing with. Calle really wanted to go to Nationals! To be on the competition floor and compete 4 events and make herself and the team proud.

At the competition Calle struggled a bit with her injury but was determined to let everyone know she was not giving up.

The team competed on vault first. Calle competed very well.  With a fair score she showed clean gymnastics.

On bars Calle had the 2nd best score on Bars for Team Alberta.  Very strong gymnastics made her team proud of her.  On beam the stability with the mount was off and had to take a fall.  But with fighting and her head held high Calle showed a strong performance and finished her routine without further problems.

Calle’s floor was very nice!!! Lots of applause was there for a sky high double tuck! The judges appreciated her routine and Calle’s score was added to the team. For Team Alberta it was not enough to stand on the podium. With only 0.116 points different with nr. 3. Team Alberta competed maximal and could not have done better! Although missing 3rd place with such a small difference is painful and that hurts.

Unfortunately, for Inkster no AA final. She ended as 22nd in the AA. The top 20 went to the final. For Inkster, in a certain way was disappointed about Nationals as it did not prove what she is capable of. Calle learned a lot from this experience in this level. For Calle this was right away to end this National experience. Calle is determined to come back stronger next year.

Calle is back in the gym to focus on next year’s season. Where Calle wants to throw higher dices and increase difficulty.

The Woman’s program has seen your struggles and pain the last period in the process to Nationals. Norfort cannot be prouder of Calle and bouncing back to HIGH competitive gymnastics.

Avery competed with glory her All Around and Event Final.

On Saturday Avery competed her final against a very strong field of young athletes fighting for medals and honors.

Avery started on beam. She improved her performance from day 1 and scored very well with a 9.437 Avery earned unexpected the Bronze Medal!  On floor Avery had the tasks to redeem herself from day 1. There was she feel it, Avery hit her 1st line and finished the routine beautiful. Although the score was a bit disappointing, Avery and coach were happy with the improvement from day 1.

Vault, Avery was flying off the vault table. With her Yurchenko Pike, Avery scored a personal best. a 9.025, she earned the 6th honor on the podium.

Bars was absolutely fantastic, with a slight adjustment in her program made her do a great bars. with a 9.350 Avery had her best score of the year on bars and she earned again a Bronze Medal.

Avery was very happy with her performance.

In the AA event Avery scored 36.336. A personal best for this young athlete. This was rewarded with the 5th place. Become Nr. 5th in her category in Canada is praise worthy. Not forget to mention, this was only 0.3 points away from a medal. The competition was high and very close with the marks of each athlete.

Avery experienced mentally a year with up’s and downs. Overcoming a mental injury is hard. The confidence Avery showed this Nationals was such an impressive improvement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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